Using IXL in Your Classroom

September 18, 2012


In the Classroom

You might have familiarized yourself with some of IXL’s features by now, so you know what IXL can do.  But how do you take advantage of it?

Not only is IXL the perfect tool for math practice, but it’s also easy to implement in your classroom!  In fact, we’re amazed at the fun ideas teachers come up with.  You just might discover your own creative use for IXL!

In the meantime, here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Drive the lesson home.  Reinforce lessons taught in class by assigning them for homework.  Parents often comment on how much their children enjoy practicing at home—so much so, it’s hard to drag them away when it’s time for bed!  Plus, you can check out the Class Goals and Recent Skills reports the next morning to see whether students completed the assignment, and how well they did.  No grading required!
  • Get (inter)active.  Project IXL onto your interactive whiteboard and complete problems as a whole class.  This is especially helpful as review before an upcoming test.  You can even turn math practice into a competition.  For added fun, make it a relay race—the fastest team with the most correct answers wins!  Students will love the opportunity to show off what they’ve learned.
  • Make lab time fun.  IXL is accessible from any computer with an internet connection, so take advantage of it.  Students can spend an exciting hour in the computer lab doing interactive math problems while honing their computer skills.  Lucky for you, our real-time updates tell you everything you need to know about their progress, including whether they stayed on task.

Thanks to its flexibility, you can use IXL in a variety of ways to support all of your teaching needs.  Now ready, set, go!

How do you use IXL in your classroom?  We’d love to hear from you!

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All Comments (22)

Michael September 22, 2012 at 8:35 am

Here are a bunch of ways I am using IXL in my classroom (differentiation, setting learning targets, creating small groups using reports). I had to start a blog because teachers in my district all want to know how I’m doing it….

This section of my blog is all about IXL and how I’m using it.


Joana September 25, 2012 at 8:00 pm

I use ixl in my classroom to do math I love IXL


Joana September 25, 2012 at 8:01 pm

You rock


mequel cabrera October 5, 2012 at 3:11 pm

my kid loves this


Chloe September 25, 2012 at 10:51 pm

this is a greaat site


gabby October 6, 2012 at 12:30 pm

I totally agree with Chloe ! !


harley April 11, 2014 at 7:40 am

i agree with Chloe to


austin October 5, 2012 at 11:37 am

i like ixl but it needs games


gabby October 6, 2012 at 12:28 pm

hey Austin, we get virtual prizes for completing a skill. Is’n’t that enough?


gabby October 6, 2012 at 12:25 pm



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michelle January 13, 2014 at 8:43 am

How does everyone assign the activity? Do you set a certain smart goal the student must reach? Do you assign a certain number of problems? Do you assign a time limit? Just looking to see what everyone does and what is the best strategy.


linda h November 4, 2016 at 9:04 am

I set a certain smart goal. Students use that as a goal to reach and then I give them the percentage they reached as a grade. For example, if they get 86/90 (90 being the goal) in my gradebook I give them 96%. They completed 96% of the goal.


Kathy December 1, 2014 at 12:53 pm

Do you have students each create and account? I have a math teacher trying this out and it is slow, but the students do not have individual accounts. thanks, kb


The IXL Blog December 1, 2014 at 1:10 pm

Hi Kathy, the teacher can enter his or her students into the Roster tab, and our system will automatically generate accounts for them. If you’d like someone to walk you through this process, please email or call us at (877) 282-4400 ext. 1!


kb December 4, 2014 at 9:37 am

thanks – I will pass on this information.


Sam January 17, 2015 at 3:49 pm

I just received IXL. I would like to assign IXL as homework but some of my students do not have access at home. Is there any way to print worksheets for those students?


The IXL Team January 19, 2015 at 9:52 am

Hi Sam, we don’t have a worksheets feature as many of our problems are interactive. However, many of our teachers find ways to incorporate IXL into the school day, such as using it as a computer lab activity. Just let us know if you have any other questions we can help answer!


linda h November 4, 2016 at 9:08 am

I am wanting to use the relay race idea in my classroom. I am assuming I would put students with a partner or team. They must sign into one of their accounts? Then, I would set a timer or smart goal to see who reaches the goal of either the most correct in that amount of time or the highest smart goal? I would be watching on the real time page? I know, a lot of questions, but I’m trying to see how this will work in my classroom.


The IXL Team November 4, 2016 at 1:12 pm

Hi Linda–It’s great that you’re thinking of creative ways to use IXL in your classroom! The relay race idea can really be adapted to suit your needs. What you describe could be one way to implement it–you can also project problems via interactive whiteboard and have students do the work on papers that they then turn in. It’s all up to you!


Alexis January 30, 2017 at 2:40 pm

On many sites, I can assign my class particular sections to complete for homework. I can then log in and see who completed the assignment and how well they did. Does IXL have that feature? It’s really helpful!!!!


The IXL Team January 31, 2017 at 9:58 am

Hi Alexis–With IXL Analytics, you can access reports that tell you which skills students have practiced, how well they did, where their trouble spots are, and more. (For more on IXL Analytics, check out this blog post: While we don’t currently have a feature to assign skills per child, you can suggest skills for an entire roster. ( If you’d like to get a feel for IXL, we do offer a 30-day free trial for teachers: And if you have any other questions about what IXL offers or classroom memberships, feel free to contact us at


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